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Retired from school leadership or considering retirement in the future?


To find out more about Life membership go to the Life members' sector council page or our FAQs

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure,  there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle.

There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this it is very important to ensure that you do not lose all the support you received in your working life.  NAHT life membership can help maintain that support.

To be eligible for life membership you need to have left your full time role as a member of the senior leadership team and be entitled to take your retirement benefits, whether or not you choose to do so (usually be 55 years of age). You also have to apply within six months of the termination of your full or associate membership.

Life membership provides you with the reassurance that, should any action be taken against you arising from your time in service and as a full member of NAHT, we will be there to help you, providing advice and representation to achieve the best result for you.
So why delay and risk being unprotected? Become a life member and gain peace of mind that will allow you to enjoy your retirement to the full.

What Life membership offers

  • Retrospective cover for your former service as a full member if you apply within six months of the end of your full membership         

  • Advice and help with any queries or difficulties concerning your pension      

  • Termly issues of ‘Leadership Focus’, the members’ magazine

  • Full access to the NAHT website

  • Continued access to the value-added services and special rates available through our NAHT affinity partners including financial advice

  • NAHT Extras, you will now get exclusive access to our new member savings platform, NAHT Extras. You can now access hundreds of discounts 24/7. (Save up to 9% on your morning coffee, 6% on your weekly shop and 8% on your next holiday. There’s no limit to how much you can save.)
  • Access to the NAHT counselling and support line (personal legal queries are referred to its partner, Law Express)

  • The right to attend, speak and vote on issues within branch meetings that affect life members and the right to nominate and vote in elections for the general secretary

  • The chance to be nominated and vote in branch elections for branch office, regional council and attend as a delegate to the AGM should these offices be unable to be elected from among full members

  • The opportunity to join or help establish a life member group in your area (some areas are not yet covered by a group)

  • The opportunity to earn £38 an hour as a clerk for life members with our partners Judicium Education. For more information, contact Jeremy Kaye, Judicium Education Head of Clerking & Governance Jeremy.kaye@judicium.com

How much does it cost?  

A one-off fee is payable in the first year by direct debit, in a single payment or in 12 monthly instalments (rates for 2023) :

  • executive leaders £487.68

  • head teachers £462.48

  • deputy / vice head teachers £365.40

  • assistant head teachers £257.04

  • school business leaders £257.04

  • middle leaders (NAHT Edge) £185.88

  • associate £230.64

Thereafter an annual fee of £44.73 will be charged. Please note this can be subject to change.     

Planning to work part-time or as a consultant?

The initial fee for life membership includes the cost of part-time classroom teaching cover (0-19 years) for the first 12 months. Should this additional classroom cover be required thereafter, it is available for an additional annual subscription payable each January. This is also tax-deductible. 

If you take up any other type of work you will need to discuss the options with member support.

Life membership does not include public liability or professional indemnity insurances but, if necessary, these are available to our self-employed members at preferential rates through Jame Hallam. 


Take a look at our frequently asked questions. If you still have a query please contact us on 0300 3030 333 (option 2), email membersupport@naht.org.uk or request a callback.

Apply for Life membership now

To become a life member please contact us in writing or email membersupport@naht.org.uk, or submit this form to confirm your retirement date.

It is important that we receive written confirmation of this date in order to process the transition from full membership to life membership at the right time and to amend your subscriptions.